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[568] directs me to say: a regiment, Newman's, will be sent out to meet your command at the intersection of the Ridge road with one from Monterey to Purdy; to which point you are authorized to retire at once. A number of men were also sent forward this morning—the guards left here in the encampment of the several regiments. As soon as these troops and Newman's regiment shall join, you will place Colonel Wheeler, 19th Alabama Volunteers, in command of the demi-brigade, and your present command, except the cavalry, may then be withdrawn to this place without further delay.

The General regrets exceedingly to hear of your indisposition, but trusts it is only a transient ill, from which you will soon recover, so that he and the country may have the benefit of your highest physical and mental faculties in the campaign inaugurated.

Enclosed are two open letters, which please transmit by the burial party, should the sending of the latter be assented to by the enemy.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

Thomas Jordan, A. Adj.-Genl.

All present probabilities are that whenever the enemy moves on this position, he will do so with an overwhelming force of not less than eighty-five thousand men. We can muster only about thirty-five thousand effectives. Van Dorn may possibly join us in a few days with fourteen thousand more. Can we not be reinforced by Pemberton's army? If defeated here we lose the Mississippi Valley, and, probably, our cause; whereas we could even afford to lose, for a while, Charleston and Savannah, for the purpose of defeating Buell's army, which would not only insure us the Valley of the Mississippi, but our independence.

What shall I do with prisoners now on hand—about three thousand?— Meanwhile, I have ordered to Tuscaloosa, via Mobile.

Six regiments from Pemberton on way to join you; add to them three of yours which failed to get by Huntsville, and with your forces dash at Mitchell and take him in reverse.

Headquarters army of the Mississippi, Corinth, Miss., April 13th, 1862.
Maj.-Genl. U. S. Grant, Comdg. Forces of United States, Pittsburg, West Tenn.:
General,—Your communication of yesterday, by flag of truce, enclosing the application of Colonel Battle for exchange, has been received, and I hasten to answer as soon as my pressing engagements have permitted.

Although Colonel Battle may be disabled for active service, I will nevertheless

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